“The Amateur” climbs to #2 on New York Times bestseller list

Is “The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House” by journalist Ed Klein the book of choice heading into the political conventions, which begin Aug. 27 with the Republicans in Tampa?

“The Amateur,” a stinging portrayal of President Barack Obama’s leadership, ratcheted up to the New York Times No. 2 bestsellers slot, according to the NYT’s latest list released Wednesday, heading toward the top as Americans’ political convention reading begins in earnest this week. The book was No. 5 on the Aug. 19 list and was No. 1 as recently as July 8.

The book, on the NYT list for 13 weeks, is currently the only book about President Obama in the Top 10 nonfiction hardcover category.

And, “The Amateur” is No. 1 on Amazon’s list of bestsellers in politics and social sciences, and No. 27 on Amazon’s list of all books selling the best so far this year.

The upward climb follows two significant endorsements earlier this month: News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch tweeted “Every voter should read” Klein’s book, and former Vice President Dick Cheney told Fox News host Sean Hannity, “One of the things that’s been most enlightening for me is to read this new book that’s out that is – deals with this whole question of competence, and written by Ed Klein,”

Not surprisingly, the book has been challenged, with critics on the left calling it “thinly sourced” and attempting to discredit Klein, who once worked for the New York Times.

“The Amateur” is published by Regnery, which is a sister company of the Human Events Group.